Ayrshire, Scotland, who attended the Douglas Academy
of Surrey. After graduation, he worked as a
clerk for the Guildford Cathedral Choir and then took a job with Orchestre Symphonique d’Europe.
He joined the Philharmonia Orchestra of London in 1996.
with whom he has worked include the Armenian Chamber Orchestra, the
Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, the London Sinfonietta, the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, the
Norwegian Radio Orchestra, and the University of Surrey
November 1998, he was a guest soloist of the University of Surrey
Orchestra, interpreting Henri Tomasi’s “Trumpet Concerto”.
He and fellow
trumpeter Mark David and organist Andrew Millington were in the Guildford
Cathedral in July 1999 to record The
trumpet shall be heard on high.
March 2002, the Philharmonia offered up Gustav
Mahler’s “Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor” and Wolfgang
Amadeus Mozart’s overture to The
Abduction from the Seraglio and “Violin Concerto No. 4 in D, K.
218”, with soloist Isabelle van Keulen.
They teamed up
with the Ladies of the London Philharmonic Choir, the Tiffin Boys Choir and
Catherine Wyn-Rogers at DeMontfort
Hall in Leicester on 17th January
April 2005, they presented a wall-to-wall Peter Maxwell Davies concert with
sopranos Claire Booth and Lucy Shelton that included “Antechrist”, the U.K. premiere of “De Assumtione Beatae Maria Virginis”, “Blind Man’s Buff”,
and “Revelation and Fall”.
one of the guest soloists with the Aremian
Philharmonic Orchestra at Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall on 8th
October 2005. The all-Alexander
Arutiunian program comprised “Concert Waltz”,
“Piano Concertino”, and “Theme and Variations for Trumpet
April 2006, the Philharmonia appeared at Queen
Elizabeth Hall in a concert of Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Leonore Overture No. 2” and “Piano Concerto
No. 4 in G, Op. 58”, with soloist Pierre-Laurent Aimard,
and Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10”.
Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Symphony No. 7 in C” (“Le
midi”), Mahler’s “Kindertotenlieder”,
with mezzo-soprano Monica Groop, and Richard
Strauss’s “Metamorphosen” on 14th
September 2008, they took the stage at Royal Festival Hall in London, where they
opened with the aforementioned “Leonore
Overture” and closed with Hector Berlioz’s “Symphonie fantastique”.
entertained at Queen’s Theatre in Barnstaple on 8th November 2008
with pianist Min-Jung Kym in a recital that included works by Beethoven, Antonin Dvorak, and Felix Mendelssohn.
November 2009, they unveiled their “Be the Orchestra” interactive
exhibit at the Bargehouse in South Bank, London.
conductor and pianist George Benjamin celebrated his fiftieth birthday with
the London Sinfonietta at Queen Elizabeth Hall on
9th February 2010.
The program comprised “At First Light”, “A Mind of
Winter”, “Palimpsests”, “Piano Figures”, and “Viola,
March 2010, the London Sinfonietta joined forces
with soprano Barbara Hannigan and bass-baritone
Stephen Richardson for the U.K.
premiere of Richard Ayres’ “In the Alps” and the London premiere of
Gerald Barry’s “Beethoven”. “In the Alps”
required Alistair to don Lederhosen as he and his trumpet played one of the
characters in the mini-opera.
He was back in
formal attire on 25th March 2010 when the Philharmonia
welcomed violinist Joshua Bell to a double-header of Beethoven that
included his “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op. 61”
and “Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55” (“Eroica”).
June 2010, he was one of the featured soloists as the Philharmonia
played music by Alan Hovhaness and Ralph Vaughan
Williams. The concert consisted
of Hovhaness’s “Fantasy on Japanese
Wood Prints for Xylophone and Orchestra, Op. 211”, “Prayer for
St. Gregory for Trumpet & String Orchestra, Op. 62b” and “Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam”, and Vaughan Williams’
“Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis”
and “Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus for String Orchestra &
The London Sinfonietta performed Thomas Ades’
“Living Toys” in the Palace
of Arts in Budapest, Hungary,
on 29th January 2011.
August 2011, the Philharmonia appeared on BBC
Proms with soloist Lisa Batiashvili in a concert
of Shostakovich’s “The Age of Gold – Suite, Op. 22a”
and “Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 77”, and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32”.
In the field
of music education, Alistair has taught at the Royal College of Music and the
which he appears include Hodie Gloriosa:
On this Glorious Day, Louis Andriessen: Anais
Nin; De Staat, and the soundtrack from Land of the Blind. He also appeared as himself on the documentary,
The Passions of Vaughan Williams,
which won the Prix d’Argent in 2009.